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St-Ambroise Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Pale AleSt-Ambroise Pale Ale

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373 Ratings

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 10-26-2000

Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Golding, Hallertau

IBU: 35
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Ratings: 373 | Reviews: 215
Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with a cireamy white, thin, head that leaves trailing lacing with some stickage.

The smell is of some caramel, a touch of wood, some fruit (citric) zest.

The taste is of caramel with pale malt. Some mild citric tone - zesty - orange/lemon finish.

Medium carbonation - light-to-medium bodied.

Mild, a bit "old-school" APA - malty with some citric notes - mild - leans towards the malt. Dirnkable, but nothing exciting.

Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz single bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Recently sampled this company's oatmeal stout, which was a good, light representation of the style...
As far as an American Pale Ale is concerned, this was a top-notch depiction of the style, bursting with a strong, wheat, and grain aroma and similar thick, yet light and rich flavors...
So far, both samples that I've tried from McAuslan have been great, so I definitely think this is a promising brewery from Canada (finally something other than Unibroue)...
Good taste, replete with caramel and vanilla nuances along with a rich mouthfeel and excellent level of drinkability...
Good stuff...

Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, formed a 1" beige head above the clear amber brew. Pillowy head falls sedately, with average lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with ample pine and citrus tang. Taste follows the nose, well balanced. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very good as well. Overall a pleasing beer, would be glad to have this one again.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile since the last time I had a pale ale, stupid considering this simple style is a favourite.

Had on top. Poured into a gold-rimmed McAuslan pint glass in a fairly dim pub this beer looked pretty great. Not particularly "pale" the beer is a fairly deep amber with lively orange highlights. A lovely thick head that lasts till the last sip and leaves excellent markings.

Lively southern fruit on the nose with a hint of very light caramel. Floral hops possibly.

Nice sweet malt. Apricot and peaches, hints of caramel honey (I bought a jar from a farmer once, good stuff). Malt also has its grainy side. Hops are somewhat astringent and sharp in the finish, but pleasant overall.

No issues with the mouthfeel. It was an easy-drinking, perfectly carbonated pale.

Really enjoyed these (all 7 of them). A great session ale.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Butter-basted malt aroma with a scant hint of fruitiness.

Taste: Dry maltiness that's really not biscuity, more like biscuitesque. Flash of sweetness. One pat of salted butter. Juicy, tart fruit flavors of citurs and apricot. Just a bit of earthy bitterness for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fair enough for what amounts to an easy drinking, session-type beer.

Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours very dark for a "blonde"--a nice neutral amber. Excellent foamy head with good lasting power and nice lace.

I really like the blend of malt and hop in the nose. The malt is neither dry nor sweet, but there is some caramel, much like Samuel Smith Pale Ale. The hop is subtle but flowery.

The taste is more hoppy than the smell suggests. The malt is also drier and more astringent. To me, this means the beer is more complex. Superior body (like skim milk) with an appropriate amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is a good blend of the dry malt and the spicy hop.

This is a wonderful surprise. I was not expecting quite the quality--I seem to remember having this beer a long time ago and didn't place it in my "superior" category of my memory. That switched with this tasting.

Photo of AlexF
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La St-Ambroise Pale Ale a une belle couleur cuivrée et laisse une fine et mince couche de mousse.

Une odeur typique de pale ale, caramel et houblon.

En bouche, la St-Ambroise Pale Ale réussi ce qu'une Pale Ale doit réussir, et avec brio. Rien d'extravagant, mais une excellente bière qui combine amertume et houblon sans oublier une légère touche de caramel. Excellent!

Photo of bobsy
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO. Amber pour with a small white head. Fresh hops and fruit aroma with a touch of caramel. Great hops taste, well married to a malty body. Medium mouthfeel and a lingering finish. This is a pleasant brew, but not as good as many of the other offerings from this brewery

Photo of rodenbach99
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown 341ml bottle, bought 6 pack

Nice beer with a copper colour, it has a nice off-white foam but thin. On the nose this beer has classic british hops aroma, some percible bitterness, the beer has a ncie body, some good precence int he mouth. the bitterness of those hops are present, nice lenght, I love this classic Quebec's pale ale

Photo of bloberglawp
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm having it in a small nonic style pint glass.

Good bitter pale ale, decent pale straw color, exellent white head dissipates slowly, faint aroma of caramel malts and earthy hops, dry crisp finish to it as well, good (and readily available) pale ale from Quebec... not a common thing.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Original review YESTERDAY
Appearance; decent head with amber color. Decent retention, fades halfway down the glass.

Smells is of alcohol and some caramel malts. A slight floral aroma is present as well. I'm surprised that the alcohol is this strong on the nose considering this beer is 5% abv.

Taste is sweet upfront with some dry husky grain in the middle that makes for a little bit of an off tannin. This is followed by a decent hop bitterness. The alcohol again comes out a little to boozy in the balance.

The mouthfeel has moderate carbonation but has a slight alcohol astringency.

This beer is not really for me.
3.5, 3.0, 3.5, 3.5, 3.0

First beer in blind tasting

It had a nice amber color with a couple finger s of head that stuck around for a while with nice retention.

THe smll was of caramel malts and hops both added during the boil and dry hopped.

Taste was intensely dry hipped with sweet caramel malts to balance.

Mouthfeel was crisp and full.

this was one hell of a sessionable beer. I wish I would have taken better notes the second time around.

Photo of Antilochus
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, purchased in a six pack at the Beer Store in Kingston, Ontario. I'm not generally a hop fan but this beer definitely makes hoppiness a lovely trait!

Colour is pale caramel brown, with a bubbly off-white head that diminishes quickly to a thin coating of small bubbles.

Sweet floral bouquet upon pour. Aromas are sweet malt and appropriate hop notes, with butter and caramel. Edit: some peanutty and misc. nut notes. Nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Taste is sweet, but not cloyingly so, with some well balanced bitterness throughout. Strong pale malt palate with some ripe fruit (apple?). Nice long finish of red grapefruit and grains.

Overall an excellent highly sessionable pale ale. EDIT: Just bought another six and heartily enjoying this one as well. EDIT2: And another six. Even better the third time.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a bit of rust color in the glass.
An impressive full finger and a half head of tight white bubbles tops the glass and leaves sticky lace behind it as you drink.

Aromas are subdued sweet pale malt and fruity hops.

Taste is light and clean. Lightly toasted sweet malt blends nicely with slighly citrus peel subtle hops.

Aftertaste is a little bready (ringwood yeast again?) and then clean citrus hop leaving the mouth pleasantly dry.

Photo of shivtim
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear rusty copper brew with a big off-white head. The head fades slowly. Nose is hoppy with toasted grains and hints of sticky toffee. Taste is well balanced, with fresh hops, a malty backbone, and some sour grapefruit. Mouthfeel is fuller than expected. Good drinkability.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of pine and citrus. Hops are in the forefront.

It's amber in colour.Big, off white head. Head retention was a little better than average, and left some lace.

It tasted complex. Malt is definately detectable, but as in the aroma, the hops are in the forefront. Some butter, caramel, and ... vanilla? It ended with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was ok. average carbonation. Med. bodied.

Overall, I like it very much, and intend on drinking it again.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 341ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, fruit, light malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong caramel, honey and brown sugar sweetness. Some hops bitterness comes in but is a bit mild doesn’t provide enough balance for my liking. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, a slightly filling, the sweetness isn’t quite what I look for in the style, but it’s not a bad beer; it just doesn’t quite appeal to me enough to select it unless my choices were limited.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out toa coppery gold color with a medium sized head of white foam. Minimal lacing, with a medium level of carbonation.

S: Strong aroma of hops and earthy malts. Slightly sweet grain note. Some banana fruitiness in there as well. Balanced nicely.

T: Medium bodied caramel maltiness, raw grain, a touch of corn and biscuit. Mild hop presence. Ever so slightly sweet and tart. Not overly complex, but very enjoyable.

M: Average mouthfeel. A touch bubbly, a touch crisp. Run of the mill.

D: Not bad. I could toss these back on a hot summer day.

Notes: Special thanks to biegaman for the sample.

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty...

Pours a tawny apple juice tone. Good sticky lacing, foam falls to a skim over the course of a few minutes.

Aroma is nondescript, not much to indicate what it tastes like, or it's ingredients. Similar smell to euro lagers i've had.

Taste has an alternately sweet and dry character, malty, fruity, and slightly sweet overall. Apple figures in, with dry herbal hop in the finish. It's good for what it is, just too sweet and dry for me.

Good level of carbonation, keeps it lively on the palate. Dryness invites another sip.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been thinking about giving this pale ale a try (they never seen to have it at the Beer Store)

Served from a brown 341 twist off bottle

A- Clear, golden color. Nice head which turns into a thin layer of bubbles leaving lace around the glass.

S- Nice floral hops, a little pale malt, bready aromas. Pretty nice.

T- Is overall very well balanced. Nice maltiness up front with some citrus and great hop profile leading to a flavorfull bitterness in the finish.

M- initially not too bad, light in body but could have kicked up the carbonation a tad.

D- A solid and very sessionable pale ale

Overall one of the better Pale Ales in Canada in my opinion. Nice hop profile from start to finish with a somewhat fruity character that make this a great drink.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired a six pack of this brew in a trade with biegaman

A bottle poured into a run of the mill, no frills, old reliable pint glass

Smell is believe it or not, just what I had imagined. A slight hoppiness with an apple juice kick. Very sweet in the nose, I was figuring a Canadian APA was going to be a bit tamer.

Taste follows the path the smell was traveling, very mellow hoppiness, the sweet malt really lets you know its on top like an over achieving spouse. A very good hop flavor though, really reminds me of the tame and mild bitterness of a Belgian Pale Ale, its there, but it'll be damned if it’s going to hold up a sign informing you of such.

All in all, I really liked this beer. It was a nice change of pace from the big beers whose stats are listed on the bottle like they're a baseball card. A great session beer and one I would buy a case of for a party or for a night alone for that matter.

Photo of jpagewatts
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear amber beer, almost a deep orange. Pure white head on top that stays around.

S - Crisp and rich in the nose, like autumn, if you will. I smell the caramel malt predominantly.

T - There's a nice malty roundness to the body and the hop bitterness hits and lasts. even a while after swallowing flavors like biscuit linger.

M - The bottled beer has too much hop harshness that the kegged beer lacks.

D - I've been drinking this beer for years and I keep drinking this beer. Never disappointing.

Photo of brucepepper
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a bit biased when it comes to the McAuslin Brewery. I lived in Montreal for a while and I have a general liking for their beers.

A - I really like the solid amber colour of this beer, and has a frothy head that is off white. The head is lasting quite a while and the lacing is very pronounced.

S - The smell is very mild but I detect a bit of citrus. There is a hint of metallic smell, but I'm not sure that I'm using the right words.

T - The taste is quite bitter, but not too much. I don't have the review skills to do this beer justice.

M - It feels quite carbonated yet smooth.

D - As I mentioned earlier, I have drank this beer many times, and sometimes many at a time. Very easy to drink, and always interesting.

This, along with the St A. Oatmeal Stout, is a staple in my fridge and will always be one of my favourite evening treats.

Photo of funkengruven
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to the Beer Store and planned on getting some Griffon Rousse, they did not have any so I had this instead. I'm glad I did.

This poured beautifuly a deep red with a head that never disappears, absolutely perfect. Smell is extremely hoppy with a hint of a malt that almost resembles something Belgian, but is very obviously not Belgian. Flavor-wise this one does not disappoint. It goes down strong with a very aggressive hop character, the aftertaste is bitter but also contains some fruity aromas as well. This beer goes down quite nice, a pleasure to drink.

The hops might be a bit much for some people to handle, but if you like bold, flavorful and hoppy beers this one is a must have.

Photo of Mandrake
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly deep, slightly hazy brownish-copper with a fairly large, slightly off-white head that is frothy and large-bubbled, and lasts very well, leaving substantial lacing. Smell is citrusy hops, spicy and floral, with a light, fruity note that is quite pleasant, and often found in McAuslan's beers. Taste is sharp and hoppy, very clean but not particularly complex. Much of the fruitiness is missing, but there's a slight bready note that fills the profile out and prevents it from becoming entirely one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is is crisp, but a touch under-carbonated, and drinkability is very good. Quite a nice APA, with plenty of hop character and excellent drinkability.

Photo of Redrover
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife & I were bicycling along the canal during our recent visit to Montreal. It was a hot day, so you can imagine my delight when I spotted this brewery.

They have a small garden and bar set-up in the back of building. Note that they also offer some food for hungry walkers/bikers.

Served in a proper pint, this beer is a nice reddish/copper with an off-white head. Nice lacing.

The nose is of fruits, citrus and a bit of dough.

The taste is pleasantly bitter. Nice citrus and caramel flavors. I get some apricot and green apple in the background.

Nice creamy mouth and the beer, not surprisingly, is incredibly fresh and lively. What an easy drinking session beer.

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St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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